Papers for festive cardmaking

Show 2 September on Create & CraftThis weekend saw the launch of the gorgeous Trimcraft First Edition paper pads on Create & Craft TV with all three of the Christmas designs available in all three sizes.

It’s so difficult to get across via the TV cameras how exquisite these papers really are. First Edition papers are the first craft papers I ever bought. I was immediately drawn to the special effects on the papers and the amzing patterns and designs. Embedded into the papers you will find effects such as glitter, pearlescent, spot UV, textures reminiscent of fabric, foil and gems and they really make your cards and papercraft projects stand out.

Since I bought my first pad I have never looked back. I started my very exciting card making journey and I am still very much in love with these paper pads.

The second half of the pad is double sided so you have papers perfect for making envelopes, gift bags, folded embellishments and toppers and at 200gsm they’re perfect for structural makes such as gift boxes.

Back to recapping the show that aired yesterday. We also had a fantastic bundle of Dovecraft dies making die cutting accessible to all as there were two smaller bundles to choose from, as well as the complete set. All will pass through smaller die cutting machines and are perfect for paper piecing as you can see from the snowman, bear and pudding in the box card below.

Christmas dies from Dovecraft

Christmas dies from Dovecraft

I thought I’d spend this early Monday afternoon sharing the demos with you in case you didn’t get chance to see them. Of course, you can go to the Create & Craft web site to watch the show again and see the demos as I made them.

In all of the demos, the papers are a focal point for the card. With amazing designs the embellishments and die cuts can be minimal. See my previous post for more info on the papers.

Distressed paper edges Merry Little Christmas card

Distressed paper edges Merry Little Christmas card

First up, I made a card with distressed edges using the Merry Little Christmas papers. At 200gsm, these papers are strong and sturdy and perfect for manipulating on your cards. Distressing the edges creates a frame for the paper making matting and layering easier with fewer layers. I cut three different sizes, one slightly smaller than the size of the card, and then decreasing in sizes. I fixed them together – you can use your preferred adhesive, wet glue, double sided tape, foam tape but remember that distressed edge papers work well with dimension to the card. I then wrapped gold twine around the papers to instantly add an embellishment.

Then I used the amazing wreath Dovecraft die for the topper. This mini die packs a punch as it cuts the bow out separately meaning you can very easily add a beautiful die cut to your card. Don’t you think the purple works so very well with the traditional green and red festive colours?

Wreath card close up

Wreath card close up

I finished the demo by adding a sentiment topper, two die cut holly leaves which come with the wreath die and red pearls for the berries.

You could also use the bows on another make or even as an embellishment on a card like this one.



In the second demo I used the Winter Wishes papers combined with the bauble scene from the die collection. This is a great way to use dies. Cut apertures from a layer of card, layer onto a contrasting colour, then fill the aperture with the same die cut, in a third colour.


Handmade Winter Wishes bauble card
Handmade Winter Wishes bauble card

I finished the card with a die cut sentiment from the First Edition Christmas collection. Such a simple card, but the exquisite papers do all the work to make it look fabulous!

Finally, in the last demo I really did let the papers do the talking! The gorgeous vintage imagery in the Gift of Christmas needs to take centre stage.

Handmade Z fold Christmas card

Handmade Z fold Christmas card with First Edition Gift of Christmas papers.

A Z-fold card is perfect for using two different designs, one on the inside and one on the left side panel created by folding back the front of the card blank in half. I used a 12 x 12 paper to create my card blank as the papers are easily sturdy enough. In each of the pads there are some great plainer designs that will set the designed papers off beautifully.

For the Z-fold card on my demo, I also created a ‘belt’ by trimming a piece of the red floral card which has glitter effects to 12 inches by 1.5 inches.  I layered this onto the gold foiled pinstripe card and I just love that combination. The belt is scored at 6 inches and 9 inches and folded so that it fits onto the card, folding in the opposite direction.

I added a Dovecraft Happy Christmas die cut sentiment and three leaping stags. To finish I added three gems to the top right corner.

So there you have it, three cards made in the hour long show, showcasing the stunning festive paper designs. Please do let me know which is your favourite paper pad in the comments below or on my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages.

Wishing you a crafty creative week ahead.

Selection of handmade cards made on Create & Craft TV

Selection of handmade cards made using First Edition Christmas papers on Create & Craft TV.

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